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2016 DNC Team Hires More Staff

philadelphiaThe 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee announced their new staff members this week.

“I am thrilled that we continue to build such a strong and experienced team to help us remain on time, on task, and on budget,” said Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the 2016 Democratic Convention. “Each these individuals bring immense talent and I have no doubt that their contributions will help us meet our goal of making the 2016 Democratic Convention the most diverse, engaging and forward-looking Convention in history.”

The DNC last revealed their new hires in October and unveiled their leadership in July. The convention will take place in Philadelphia from July 25th to 28th, 2016.

The committee provided the following biographies of each new employee:

Dennis O’Brien, Deputy CEO for Finance

Dennis brings more than 15 years’ experience working with non-profit, political, and public affairs organizations.  He joins the DNCC team from RTI International, where he served as Director of Government Relations.   Prior to that he founded Clover Consulting, a strategic consulting firm, and served as Chief Financial Officer at the Climate Reality Project.  Dennis has significant experience working in Democratic politics including senior positions with the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, the 2004 and 2008 Democratic Conventions, and at the DNC as an aide to then-Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Chris Chan, Deputy Chief of Staff

Chris joins the DNCC team from the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM) where he has been President of the organization for the last two and a half years.  He previously worked on the 2012 and 2008 Democratic Conventions as well as having served three and a half years at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Cynthia Jasso-Rotunno, Senior Advisor and Director of Government Relations

Cynthia recently served as a legislative consultant and in 2014 as Political Director/Deputy Campaign Manager for State Senator Leticia Van de Putte’s Texas Lt. Governor race. From 2009-2014, she served the Obama Administration at USAID-Agency for International Development as White House Liaison, and then as Senior Advisor in its Center for Transformational Partnerships. In President Bill Clinton’s second term, she became the first Hispanic woman appointed as White House Political Affairs Office Chief of Staff in a Democratic Administration. Before USAID, she worked for the Dewey Square Group in State, Local, and Multicultural Strategies.

Tamia Booker, Director of Constituency and Allied Outreach

Tamia served as Director of African American and Women’s Outreach at the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, as well as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Regional Director, both at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She also managed outreach and communications to youth leaders as the Youth Liaison at the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2008. Tamia also served as the National Co-Youth Vote Director for Obama for America. In 2014, she was the recipient of the NAACP’s Unsung Hero Award.

Kelli Klein, Digital Director of Communications

Kelli joins the DNCC team from New Blue Interactive, where she was a Senior Digital Strategist. Prior to that, she was the Digital Campaigns Lead for Mozilla here in Philadelphia, where she managed and maintained the strategy and engagement of the international Foundation email list of over one million supporters. In 2012, Kelli was the Deputy Digital Director for Obama for America in Iowa.

Clark Lee, Director of Party Leader Outreach

Clark joins the DNCC team with nearly 15 years of political experience.  He served as the Director of Political Affairs and Communications for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. He also serves as a Regional Director and the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus State Chair for the California Democratic Party. Previously, Clark ran the targeted field campaign for Rep. Judy Chu in 2009 and managed the successful campaign of California Assemblymember Ed Chau in 2012 in the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) majority state legislative district in the continental United States featuring AAPI candidates from both major political parties.

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  1. Democratic Progressive Party Platform (Original rough draft)
    A. Environment
    1. Stop the Climate Warming
    a. Reduce Carbon Emissions As Soon As Possible
    b. Move away from Fossil Fuels as our energy preference
    c. New Technology to take carbon out of atmosphere (cloud seeding, tree planting and stopping deforestation)
    d. Prosecute Fossil Fuel Industry for deliberately hiding facts about global warming and for polluting our land, air and water.
    e. Revoke laws allowing fossil fuel industry violating EPA clean air and water regulations
    2. Incentives for Auto Companies to develop high mileage vehicles based on non-fossil fuels as well as for oil/gas vehicles
    3. Incentives for green job technologies such as solar and wind.
    4. Require GMO labeling of foods

    B. Economy
    1. Get Money Out of Politics
    a. Overrule Supreme Court decision that Corporations are People allowing them to contribute large amounts of money to politicians.
    b. Limit People and Pac’s from contributing more than $2700 to any politician
    c. 70% Tax on wealthiest Corporations and people with gradual increments so wealthy pay their fair share of taxers
    d. Largest 5 Banks broken up ( Monopoly abuse. Too big to fail)
    e. Tax on Wall Street speculation
    f. Prosecute Politicians for Insider trade
    g. Prosecute Banksters for defrauding USA
    h. Balance a gradual raise in minimum wage to $15.00 an hour with small business tax breaks
    i. Increase Social Security Benefits & make it illegal for Politicians to continue raiding it for other uses

    C. Health Care
    1. One payer Universal Health Care as a right to all people ( Obamacare a step in right direction but is not enough)
    2. Pharmacology companies limited to charging fair price for drugs

    D. Foreign Policy
    1. NATO troops off Russian border (30,000 troops causing too much tension)
    2. Stop the Military Industrial Complex from selling arms to anyone but trusted NATO allies
    3. Military Industrial Complex investigated for fraud
    4. Reduce Nuclear Arsenal and stop development of “ smaller Hiroshima sized bombs”
    5. Immigration reform allowing those in country now a path to citizenship and any future violators jail time before sending back
    6. Israel assistance based on their non-violence overreactions and confirmed positive movement towards a Palestinian State agreement
    E. Election Process Changes
    1. Crack down on Voter fraud
    2. Overturn Voter Suppression legislation
    3. All states hold primaries on the same day
    4. No longer have any super delegates
    5. Politician who wins the total most votes wins the election
    6. Political debate questions allowing equal time to each candidate to respond

    F. Miscelllaneous
    1. Corporate media broken up (5 major owners violating monopoly rules)
    2. Corporate Media journalist malpractice penalties for Public Interest
    mis- information and or manipulation. News is for public information not infotainment. Provide actual relevant National and World News.
    3. Education to include Tuition free University system
    4. Equal pay to all, based on equal production
    5. Reform Criminal Justice system
    6. Promote Union rights

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  3. Larry-

    1) Why would I want to go to NYC? (I haven’t been there in at least 5 years, and would be happy to go another 5.)

    2) Why the f*ck would I want to go to that yank-fest of politicians and big money donors? (even if it was in Philly)

    3) Even if I wanted to go, I have major rewrite of code for work this weekend to redesign a key system to accommodate a 4 month data cleanup. The changes to the database structure and queries can only be done over a weekend, when no one is at the office updating data, and have to all be completed before everyone returns on Monday.

    I’m sure you’ll try to go, as conventions like this provide plenty of business for whores/prostitutes like yourself. (You did claim to be a lawyer, and seem to support GOP perversions.)

    Also, you might go and try to “Cosby” some young political interns (male or female).

  4. Tourism? These things cost more then they bring in. The clean up cost and inconvenient is not worth it. All the hassle of the extra security and movement being limited is not worth a few extra dollars and disrupting people. And DemPA I was against the Republican one here to. Don’t assume you know my politics. I am an independent and vote 3rd party each election year! Liberals claim to be the open party, you proved me wrong.

  5. Great, instead of actually benefitting anyone or anything Dresdon spends his time spreading BS about the convention. I hope he was on his white cross in year 2000 when the Republicans held forth in this great city. Any objective person would argue that this is a helluva boon for the city of Philadelphia in jobs and publicity.

  6. You forgot this key hire:

    David Diano, “Baghdad Bob” Director of PR: David brings years of experience from his mother’s basement, where he tirelessly finds ways to ignore the obvious, distort the truth, and find mind-bending ways to spin any situation to a result favorable to Democrats. David won’t be able to attend the actual Convention, because state law requires him to remain over 500 yards from children. But he will no doubt spend the duration of the Convention spouting irrelevant comments to like-minded lunatics in online comments.

  7. What tax dollars? What are you even talking about? Any money the city of Philly puts up will obviously be made back 10 fold by tourism, transportation, media coverage and a million other things.

  8. Great, instead of fighting crime, funding schools or repairing streets we can spend our taxes dollars on letting a bunch of people who pretend to listen to get your vote come to the city. This will also cause traffic and living problems.

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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